The CTAE Connector

From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

October 2021 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce

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Destination Learning

September was a busy month as we continued to soar into this school year!

Pamela Davis was selected as our first Senior Supervisor of Career and Technical Education and Thomas Brochu was named Senior Supervisor of Adult Education. They will collaborate with staff members to ensure schools, programs and teachers are fully supported.

Program Coordinators began visiting schools to welcome teachers back and see students learning in a variety of classrooms and labs. We continued to create and implement procedures based on the unique needs of career, technical and adult education throughout our district.

Looking forward, October brings the end of first quarter. Several of our Business programs will administer Microsoft Office industry certifications and middle school students will take Digital Tools exams. The Career Advisory Council, lead by business partners Keven Barber from Ironworkers and Jerry DeGroot from Precision ERS, will hold a general membership meeting on October 14th. The CTAE team is also preparing for Program Advisement meetings with every high school and middle school administrative team so that they can prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

We remained focused on "Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce" - always keeping students at the center of the work we do.

Thanks for continuing to follow our journey!

Please feel free to contact us at 813-794-2204, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PascoCTE!

Stay safe, keep it simple and be well,

Lori Romano, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

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Wendell Krinn Technical High School Commercial Arts Student Creates Our New Look!

This past spring, the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education realized that we needed to revise our “CTE” logo to reflect our new mission and vision of "Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Workforce", and also include Adult Education programs in our branding. We knew that we have a wealth of young creative talent across our district, so we reached out to students in our Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster, inviting them to reimagine our logo.

We received 87 entries from middle, high school, and post-secondary students, and after three rounds of voting, narrowed the field down to three designs. Our team asked the finalists to make a few revisions, and then we voted once more. The decision was unanimous, as one design exemplified our vision of creating pathways to career success for all students. It was modified slightly before we felt the final version was “just right”. We proudly unveiled our new image as we wore CTAE-branded shirts at this summer’s statewide Florida Association of Career and Technical Education conference.

At the September 14th School Board meeting, we congratulated Ms. Morgan Nieman, and thanked her for designing our new CTAE logo. She is a senior at Wendell Krinn Technical High School, and is co-enrolled in Ms. Linda Bourne’s Commercial Arts program at Marchman Technical College. Morgan was awarded you an Amazon gift card for your winning design, and was presented you with this plaque as an additional “thank you” for bringing our vision to life. We wish her a very successful senior year and an even more inspiring professional career!

ABOVE: Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning, Morgan Nieman, and School Board Vice Chair Cynthia Armstrong

We want to hear from you!

• Please share information about your program that you would like considered for the CTE monthly newsletter (photos, awards, events, certifications, etc.).

• Don't forget that you can email Pam Willoughby ( with news and photos you want posted on our social media platforms at any time throughout the month.

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Quick Takes

• Hudson High School's JROTC was just chosen to present the colors at the Tampa Bay Lightning game on January 15th, 2022!

• Wiregrass Ranch High School's Culinary Arts program is brainstorming ideas for fundraisers. It's always fun to see what Chef Wilson Rodriguez and his students are cooking up!

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Mustangs continue learning in JWMHS' new CTE Journalism & Multimedia program!

The yearbook and newspaper students at J.W. Mitchell High will attend the Florida Scholastic Press Association's fall workshop at the University of South Florida on Oct. 22. They will hear from professional journalists and experts from across the state and will participate in contests for writing, design, and photography. More details:

- Submitted by Susan McNulty

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Wildcats Learn Soft Skills

Thomas E. Weightman Middle School students in Jenna Eyers' Business classes have been busy with social-emotional learning tools purchased with funds from Pasco Education Foundation's Innovative Classroom Project Grant. They're using gratitude journals and random acts of kindness materials to master STEM/soft skills.

Follow the program on Twitter: @BusinessWildca1

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NTA Partners with CFPF to Support Future Educators!

River Ridge High School's New Teacher Academy continues to inspire the desire to teach! The NTA was awarded a $2500 grant from the College Football Playoff Foundation's "Go Teach" program. Teachers Beth Hess and Russell Vachon will utilize the funds to support teacher recruitment and retention by expanding the capabilities of the academy's future educator training.
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Farm-to-Table at Anclote Culinary Arts

Our Culinary program is currently partnering with the University of Florida and their Family Nutrition Program through the IFAS Extension to build a garden on campus that the students will maintain. The students will be responsible for starting, growing fruits and vegetables and maintaining the garden throughout the year. Once up and running, the garden should produce enough food to self-sustain the culinary program as well as provide fresh fruit and vegetables for staff and students to bring home.

- Submitted by Riana Barber

Nothing Cheesy About the LOLHS Gator Chefs!

Land O' Lakes High School's Culinary Arts program is hosting their first annual grilled cheese competition! Students had hoped to compete at the annual Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's Food Show competition hosted by ProStart at the Orlando Convention Center, which was canceled due to COVID 19, so they decided to host our own competition!

Chef Cooper and Chef Blythe will judge their own preliminary competition and narrow it down to the top 12 to compete and have asked their WONDERFUL CTE district team to come and judge the finalists!

They are looking forward to serving the winning grilled cheese in our Lakeview Cafe for all district staff and LOLHS teachers and staff to enjoy in the month of October!

- Submitted by Jeremy Blythe

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Internship to Workforce!

Senior Alex Capraro has turned his internship (thru the K-Tech partner program) into a great paying job at TeamLogic IT.

He is going to school full time and working in CyberSecurity, balancing both very well.

He is looking forward to attending USF for a B.S. in Cybersecurity.

- Submitted by Scott Tumelty

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Fire Science Students Master Real-Life Skills

Fivay High School's Fire Science program currently has two Firefighter 1 classes, one Firefighter 2 class, and one Firefighter 3 class, with a total of 78 students enrolled. The program offers the students the real-life opportunity to learn the skills needed to become a firefighter, beginning with basic skill sets in Firefighter 1 and moving on to more technical and advanced skills in upper levels of the sequence.

As the role of a firefighter is constantly evolving and changing to the needs of the community that relies on the, students in the program are able to learn why these changes have occurred. They also learn how firefighters around the country adapt to and embrace the change.

Our students get to practice what they learn in our state-of-the-art ambulance simulator and fire-training building located right on our campus.

- Submitted by teacher Steve Coward

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Designing Support for the Sharks

Anclote High School's Promotional Enterprise program finished their first order of shirts this year. Two student designs were chosen for the football team shirts and all of the students helped print them.

Our Promotional Enterprise program has begun taking screen printing and banners orders from our Athletic and Band Department. As the program continues to grow and expand, our goal is for Anclote to become self-sufficient in providing all t-shirts, banners and Anclote gear to the school. This streamline process will allow for faster processing of orders while supporting and raising money for our Promotional Enterprise program. Eventually, our goal is to start taking orders from other schools and then open up to the District.

- Submitted by Amanda Lenhardt and Riana Barber

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ESOL Adult Education Learners

English language learners with the new Pasco Adult Education program at Wesley Chapel jumped into their classes with gusto and pizzazz this semester. During the first two weeks, they enthusiastically engaged in "getting to know each other" activities. First, they created a group flag that represented their hobbies, countries, preferences, and characteristics. Then, they worked in pairs to explore similarities and differences to complete Venn Diagrams.

The creative juices were flowing in week three as students read aloud children's books to the class. One student, Gabriela, took this assignment to the next step by adding some props for her presentation. In week four, we saw students getting very comfortable speaking in front of others with various role playing focused on "meeting others" and "asking for basic information".

Isabel Amortegui and Angela Manozca earned Students of the Month award.

- Submitted by Rebecca Sandy, ESOL Instructor

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Meet Joanne Webster, Secretary II

When did you begin working for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education?

November 2015

What was your position and where did you work before joining CTAE?

Stay-at-Home Mom

What's your favorite thing about working for CTAE?

I enjoy a lot of things - one of my most favorite is the people I work with. Everyone is very hard working and we all work very well together.

Where did you grow up?


Where did you attend college or post-secondary education?

Macomb Community College

What do you like to do in your free time?

My favorite thing to do in my free time is to be with my girls, whether watching them play soccer or just being at home, relaxing and watching a good movie.

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